Cool Down with These 6 Classic Cocktail Recipes

We’re in peak hot and sunny season. Now seems like an ideal time to refresh your beverage repertoire with classic cocktail recipes that will work for any occasion (and never disappoint). Below, you’ll find our top picks for classic cocktails that are perfect for sipping on a summer day.

French 75

Two classic French 75 sit in champagne flutes against a black background with lemon peels inside the glass. A bottle of champagne pour into the glass to the right of the frame.

Elevate upcoming celebrations by adding gin, lemon, and a bit of sugar to your favorite champagne to create a classic French 75.

Mint Julep

A white hand pours a mint julep into a silver julep cup.

It doesn’t have to be Kentucky Derby season to mix up a Mint Julep cocktail. The classic bourbon-based beverage is the perfect combination of sweet and minty, with just the right amount of kick.

Dirty Martini

Two dirty martini cocktails sit in martini glasses

What separates a dirty martini from a regular one? Olive brine. The more you add, the dirtier it gets.

Frozen Cosmo

Two Frozen Cosmos, light pink in color, sit in glasses garnished by limes.

A surefire way to beat the summer heat? A frozen beverage — made even better when alcohol is involved. Enter our Frozen Cosmo cocktail recipe, a classic Cosmopolitan turned slushy.

Greyhound

Two light orange greyhound cocktails sit in clear glasses garnished with grapefruit wedges. greyhound cocktail recipe

This go-to summer cocktail is also a classic. The Greyhound, rumored to be a popular drink choice in Greyhound terminals, is made refreshing thanks to its main ingredient: grapefruit juice. The fresher the juice, the better.

Negroni

Two Negronis sit in rocks glasses garnished with orange peel. Classic Negroni Recipe

The classic Negroni is a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts, and for good reason. With its perfect blend of bitter and sweet flavors, the Negroni is a timeless drink to enjoy any time of year — whether you’re looking for a sophisticated cocktail to serve at a dinner party or just want to unwind after a long day at work.

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